ALEPH-1 at PHONOTROPIC in the Vernors Room

FRIDAY AUGUST 8, 2008
doors at 9PM
tickets: $5 at the door (or free with student ID)

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It’s the electro-jazz / power prog rock trio ALEPH-1 from Ann Arbor, with their sleek sci-fi inflected synths and rapid rhythms. With staggering instrumental compositions that feel almost orchestral in structure, they still keep a distinctly jazzy improvisational looseness. Their debut self-titled album galvanizes cinematic sounding electronic odysseys that combine the fantastic urgency one might feel if we were trapped inside our computer fending off viscous viruses or rival 'red guy' motorcycle riders ala ‘Tron’; their sound is an invigorating clash of nostalgic '50's sci-fi film vibes with kitschy UFO synth howls charged by 80's new wave buzzy grooves and prog-rock trounced rhythms. Live, the band can be as fiery and ferocious as an amped up jazz rampage, utilizing drums with 2 samplers, 2 synthesizers and the occasional guitar. Their debut album is a staggering journey of invigoration, melodrama and dream-pop soundscapes; the transitions are baffling (the percussion on “DB” goes from hip/hop to speed-metal in one measure yet the flow is as natural as the sun setting); while the synths on “Plan 9” start with a Twilight Zone vibe then morph into a house-rave blitz; and “GoodCop” features a bass line so full of character and charm you’d think it to be born from the soulful grooves of Motown."

 

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